Just posting here as I find it hard to discuss with family and it may help those new to this. Have spent a Saturday morning in A&E after 72 hour spell of AF, the longest I have experienced. I was not getting too anxious as I am already on warfarin and the symptoms were manageable. All previous episodes have ended with my flipping back into NSR without intervention but I decided to get checked out, if only so they could capture AF pattern on ECG. I made a point of saying that I was not demanding AF to be treated then and there (unless that was what doctor felt needed to happen). ECG, chest x-Ray and blood tests done. Nothing identified for immediate concern (they thought maybe AF set off by a water infection, but none identified.) Now have an appointment for Cardiology clinic on Tuesday. Am posting this because it shows how differently I felt I could manage the situation compared to 9 years ago when paroxysmal AF was diagnosed and last year, when I was first prescribed warfarin instead of aspirin. Much of that is due to what I have learned from this forum. Although it is depressing to have to face up to the fact that my AF journey may be moving on a stage, I feel informed about what to expect and what the options are. I titled this 'fingers crossed' because I will soon have to take a leap of faith and pay the balance due for a very special holiday we plan to take in 4 months' time. I do have insurance, but having had to cancel a couple of previous holidays, I know how complicated this can get. I will certainly tell my insurers of the latest development, but I am holding back until I have more information and have been told whether my medication is going to need to be changed. (Apart from the aspirin/warfarin swap, I have been on the same medication since 2007 - Atenolol, Ramipril Simvastatin- so may be time for an upgrade). I was hoping this day would not come before we had been away, but I guess it would have been at the back of my mind anyway, so better just see what's what now. Not back in NSR yet, and still p**ing buckets, so although not scared, I will be glad when I am in NSR again!
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